Roberson Baseball Leads Food Drive for PEP

Roberson Baseball Leads Food Drive for PEP
Posted on 12/03/2019
T.C. Roberson baseball players hold food boxes outside of the Progressive Education Program.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

The giving spirit lasts all year for T.C. Roberson Baseball.

The team has a deep partnership with the Progressive Education Program (PEP), with players serving as prom escorts and peer tutors, hosting an adaptive baseball league during the summer, adding additional handicap-accessible seating at the baseball stadium, and selecting PEP students to throw the first pitch at every home game.

“It says a lot about their character,” said T.C. Baseball Head Coach Eric Filipek. “They’re positive student-athletes who put others first.”

Earlier this month, the team continued a years-long tradition by leading a holiday food drive for PEP families. Players arrived at the PEP wing of T.C. Roberson in cars stuffed with boxes of food. They walked back and forth, quickly filling part of the PEP main office.

“Getting to see how many boxes we bring in and knowing that we get to make a family’s day, it just feels good,” said senior pitcher Nate Kampe.

The support makes a difference, said PEP Director Melanie Ramsey.

“It helps our families tremendously over the holiday season,” she said. “For some families, it’s extremely difficult to get out because of student needs. It’s hard to find care when school’s not in session. So we really appreciate this community service. You can’t say enough about what they do for our family.”

Coach Filipek said it’s important for his players to recognize their leadership roles at school and in the community.

“One of the main things I try to instill in our guys is to think and care about others first, to be unselfish,” he said. “If they understand that concept, I think our program can be truly successful. That’s what we’re put on the earth for anyway.”